In 1997, the City of Perth Amboy acquired an active scrap metal yard for the creation of new parkland along the Raritan River. After the City’s long legal battle over the site, Topology team member Annie Hindenlang, in her role as Perth Amboy’s City Planner, working with the Middlesex County Improvement Authority (MCIA), utilized funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields Program to contract a team from Rutgers University’s Center for Urban & Environmental Sustainability and The Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy to develop a concept design to convert the contaminated site into a park. Rutgers conducted an extensive community outreach process receiving feedback from over 500 city residents, students and members of the surrounding neighborhood. By the fall of 2016, with assistance from the Department of Environmental Protection, the City acquired over $7 million in funding for final design, remediation, and construction of the park.
Currently, the park is in the final design stage under SCAPE Landscape Architects with remediation beginning in the summer of 2017 under Brinkerhoff Environmental Services. The design of the park reflects a diversity of proposed activities and ecological restoration that connect the park to the shoreline, neighborhood, and Perth Amboy’s urban center. The park is expected to be complete by the end of 2018.
Key Insight: Even with the most difficult sites, strong community support, resourcefulness and a clear vision can achieve the impossible.
Wilda Diaz, Mayor
Adam Cruz, City Administrator
Kenneth Ortiz, Recreation Director
William Kurzenberger, Office of Economic & Community Development
Over 500 Perth Amboy Residents
Rutgers University - Center for Urban & Environmental Sustainability:
Design Nickel, Middlesex County Department of Business Development & Education
Nick Tufaro, Middlesex County Office of Planning
Lou Valente, Department of Environmental Protection
William Lindner, Department of Environmental Protection
Alan Miller, Department of Environmental Protection
SCAPE Landscape Architecture
Remediation: Summer 2017
Construction: Fall 2017/Spring 2018
6 Acre Linear Park
Skate and Bike Park